After the henna event, Madiha and Nikki headed for the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in LA at 2 a.m., rested a little and because the client had booked all four ballrooms, the event install began at 6 a.m. sharp. After catching about two hours of sleep, Nikki and Madiha were downstairs with Madiha overseeing setup in the Gold and Emerald Ballrooms and Nikki at Crystal and Tiffany which were to be revealed at the end of night for desserts and cappuccino. Guests were expected at 3:30 p.m. for Sofreh (Persian Wedding Ceremony) in the Gold Room which was designed to have soft colors with gold overtones. Our goal was to be finished preparing these two rooms by 1 p.m., so we had several teams such as lighting, rentals, and florists all working side by side.
Guests were going to be treated to Persian Tea and cookies upon arrival with a lady attendant wearing authentic attire. We created a stage for the traditional tea station. Gold chivaris were set in a semi circle fashion with an ivory custom runner going through the middle. Huge flowers in the existing urns embellished the beginning of the aisle. The Sofreh stage looked beautiful and with soft amber lighting and a harpist playing, the room looked elegant.
Our beautiful bride was dressed in a stunning custom white gown per Persian tradition and looked radiant.
The handsome groom was fitted in custom Tom Ford and the couple had their first look before the ceremony as the groom was lead outside with his brothers to see his lovely bride.
The ceremony started at 4 p.m. sharp and when the bride walked down the aisle with her father, all eyes were on her. She also surprised her in-laws by saying something in Urdu, Pakistan’s native tongue, that she had learned from Nikki.
Guests moved to the Emerald Room after the ceremony and the room was fittingly decorated in emerald green linens. The showstopper was a custom 90” round table bearing vintage lace linen from Wildflower with hand sewn pearls bearing escort cards. The table had a stunning centerpiece in deep reds in an urn that sat atop a pedestal. There was a music trio playing on a small riser and bars were set along the back wall to create a nice flow for the guests. Guests were treated to tray passed hors d’oeuvres and fruit and cheese stations and spent a little over an hour in the Emerald Room.
Our inspiration for the Crystal room was soft blush color palette and decadence. With linens in vintage lace and charmeuse underlays and chair covers in three different styles and flowers in soft blushes, ivory, gold and champagne, it looked spectacular.
We also had two large king tables seating 34 guests for Bride’s and Groom’s families that were dressed to the nines with place cards and special names that bride had assigned to these tables and the sweetheart table.
The last thing was the hotel placing all the rented china, chargers, stemware and flatware and the tables were a vision. The client had also provided custom gold fabric boxes with special tea for the favors which completed the tables.
Our couple wanted to name each table with Love names and the table names, menus and escort cards were a piece of art. The biggest joy in the room for Nikki was to create a stage for the couple. She designed the large stage with three oversized mirrors in gold frame and hung chandeliers on shepherds hooks. On either side of stage were two very large urns overflowing with flowers. Custom linens were created for both the sweetheart table and cake table, which sat on the stage. The stage was also dressed with a large sofa in blush, two side chairs and vintage glass coffee end tables bearing beautiful flowers. The bride had chosen her table name to be “ Ishq,” which in Arabic script means passion.
Our absolute deadline was to have the Crystal ballroom finished by 4 p.m. as the families wanted to take photos on the stage and also see the ballroom before any of the guests. We were able to have it all done just in time for them to stop by for photos as well as the couple taking several shots on the stage.
At 7 p.m., Exquisite Events team was ready to greet the guests and guide them to their seats at the ballroom entrance. Ballroom dancers were on the dance floor ready to start performing at 7 pm. The band was staged on the upper balcony and the vibe was classic Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Miles Davis for the music. Both a Persian and an Indian DJ were hired to pay homage to both the cultures staged on the opposite balcony from the band. Guests were enthralled with the sound of the band and the beautiful ballroom dancers as they took their seats. The couple made their entrance and went straight to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife to a Persian song that the bride had chosen.
After the first dance and cake cutting, the couple made a discreet exit to change into full Pakistani attire.
In the meantime, guests dined on a scrumptious four course meal with ballroom dancers entertaining them in different styles. Both the fathers also made welcome toasts and speeches. After about an hour, the couple made a royal entrance along with family members and dhol players. It truly made for a spectacular sight! This time the bride and groom looked like royalty with the bride wearing a custom creation by a famous Pakistani designer and the groom dressed in a custom Sherwan, shoes and head piece. When the procession walked in, guests were speechless and then got into the mood and amidst thunderous applause, couple was escorted on the stage.
During this time, Nikki was working in the adjoining room for reveal at 10 p.m. The room was dressed in Tiffany blue with the focal point being a decadent fruit and nut station on a 90” round table which sat underneath a cabana. When guests walked in, they were treated to fresh donuts, mini pastries, a candy bar and wedding cake along with cappuccino and espressos.
The night ended at 1 a.m. as parting guests remembered what a magical event they had witnessed and been a part of.
Have an Exquisite day and we’ll see you next Wednesday!